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Summer camp is a place where kids can learn new skills, make new friends, be self-sufficient and enhance their self-esteem.

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Camp Aldersgate

For children ages 6-16. Offers swimming, canoeing, fishing, nature hikes, cultural arts programming, cookouts, and arts and crafts.


Camp Whittle

Accepts HD patients, ages 9-17, and PD, post-transplant, and general nephrology patients, 9-18. YMCA activities include hiking, crafts, horseback riding and archery. Dialysis campers are main-streamed into the camp population. There is a separate lodge for on-site dialysis.

Painted Turtle Camp

The Painted Turtle is the sixth addition to Paul Newman’s family of Hole in the Wall Gang Camps for seriously ill children. It is also the only multi-disease camp and family care center of its kind on the West Coast.


Roundup River Ranch

Roundup River Ranch offers old-fashioned, pure fun camp experiences for children with serious illnesses and their families. They offer year-round activities for campers and families the chance to enjoy the most extraordinarily ordinary joys of childhood. Campers can take a true vacation from being “a patient” and get back to the fun of being a child.


The Boggy Creek Gang Camp

The camp teaches children to cope better with day-to-day challenges and offers educational and supportive programs to parents, siblings, and other family members. Children learn how to communicate better and to care for themselves while they are enjoying a wide variety of outdoor activities.


Camp Independence

Camp Independence is a weeklong summer camp experience for children and teens, ages 8 to 18, who have been diagnosed with kidney disease, are on dialysis or have received a life-saving organ transplant.

Camp Braveheart

Offered to children and teens ages 7-18 years who are affected by heart disease and heart transplant recipients. Activities include rock wall climbing, swimming, boating, ceramics, archery and arts and crafts. Sponsored by Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.


Kidney Camp – The National Kidney Foundation of Illinois

This is a free week-long overnight camp in northern Illinois is for kids ages 7-15 who have had organ transplants, are on dialysis or are living with kidney disease. At Kidney Camp, kids will have the traditional camp experience of fun and adventure. Kidney Camp is a special week of laughter, games and outdoor fun designed for the special needs of your child. Camp will involve many fun activities like swimming and water activities, a high ropes course, archery, hiking, horseback riding, arts and crafts, mountain biking and more, all while being supervised by medical professionals familiar with their needs, available 24 hours per day.


The Center for Courageous Kids

The Center for Courageous Kids is a not for profit corporation dedicated to uplifting children living with chronic or life-threatening illnesses. They ensure that their campers are having fun swimming, fishing, and riding horses, while also creating an environment that fosters opportunities for making excellent choices, creating and sustaining healthy relationships with peers, building personal confidence to work through challenges and achieve personal goals.


Camp Sunshine

This camp offers boating, fishing, games, arts and crafts, professional counseling, workshops and onsite medical support at no charge. Families live in handicapped-accessible cabins. Transportation assistance may be available for those who qualify.


Dragonfly Heart Camp

Dragonfly Heart Camp offers children age 7-17 with heart disease and pulmonary hypertension, as well as those who have undergone a heart transplant, a one-week camping experience that will build strength and confidence, as well as empower, educate and cultivate life-long friendships. Dragonfly Heart Camp is located on the beautiful grounds of Echo Hill Outdoor School on Maryland’s Eastern Shore along the Chesapeake Bay. Campers are accepted on a first-come basis.


Camp ChiMer

Summer camp for children 9-18 years of age who are on dialysis or who have received a transplant. Offers swimming, boating, other outdoor activities and crafts.


Camp Michitanki (Michigan Transplant Kids)

The one-week summer camp, administrated by the University of Michigan Transplant Center, is for children ages 7-16 who have received an organ transplant. The camp offers canoeing, sailing, swimming, fishing, arts and crafts, high and low ropes course, basketball, golf, horseback riding, archery, rock climbing wall, knitting, and volleyball.

New York

Ruth Carol Gottscho Kidney Camp

For children ages 7-15. Offers horseback riding, swimming, crafts, and climbing for pre-dialysis, continuous ambulatory PD, continuous cycling PD, and transplant patients.


Northwest Kidney Kids Annual Camp

NW Kidney Kids Inc. nonprofit provides a free, annual Kidney Camp for patients (age 2-18) and their families. The camp includes a variety of activities from arts and crafts, swimming, ropes courses, dances, teen night, tween night and talk circles. Campers are eligible if they have been diagnosed with End Stage Renal Failure, on dialysis or have had a kidney transplant.


DCI Western PA Kidney Kamp

For children all ages. PD, transplant, pre-dialysis, and hemodialysis. Offers swimming, archery, hockey, crafts, music, day outing to an amusement park, adventure course, and sports, pool party and more.

Camp Chihopi

For children ages 7-17. Camp Chihopi is a summer camp especially for kids and teenagers who have had liver or intestine transplants.

Camp Jeremy

For children ages 5-16. Camp Jeremy was inspired by Jeremy Clemens who received a heart transplant at eight years old and worked at Mermaid Day Camp for several years. After graduating from Temple University Hospital, Jeremy continued to work for Mermaid Lake and teach in the local community. Jeremy’s family and Mermaid Country Day Camp wanted to keep Jeremy’s spirit of giving alive by offering other transplant recipients an opportunity to enjoy a week of camp free of charge. Offers swimming, water slides and pool slides, tennis courts, 9 hole, par 3 golf course, 18 hole miniature golf, basketball, 5 multi-purpose athletic fields, volleyball courts, tetherball courts, archery ranges, ceramic studio, ropes course, climbing wall, playground, game room, arts and crafts, jewelry studio and indoor space for rainy days.


Camp for All

For general nephrology, hemodialysis, CAPD, and transplant patients ages 6-17. Offers swimming, horseback, riding, archery, canoeing, fishing, arts and crafts, bicycling and basketball.

Camp Reynal

Camp Reynal is a 6-day residential camp program provided by the National Kidney Foundation to provide a true summer camp experience for children with renal and urology disease. Camp Reynal is hosted by Camp John Marc, at their state-of-the-art therapeutic camping facility near Meridian, Texas.

Rock Camp USA

Rock Camp USA features intensive performance-oriented instruction given by some of the finest professional musicians in the country.  Rock Camp USA has grown into one of the countries’ top Camps, offering participants this once in a lifetime experience.


Camp Holiday Trails

Children ages 7-17, hemodialysis, PD, transplant patients, and children with other health needs. Offers canoeing, camping, hiking, drama, arts and crafts, high and low ropes course, swimming, basketball, tennis and volleyball.


Camp Colman

For CAPD, transplant and CRI patients. The majority of our campers are between the ages of 6 and 14 years-old and come for one week sessions – though some stay for longer periods of time. A camper’s day is filled with a mix of group activities that campers can sign up for individually, cabin recreation time, “mixers” (open rec/choice time), and large camp activities.

Camp Korey

Camp Korey is a non-profit organization, which provides camping programs to children living with chronic or life-threatening medical conditions free of charge. Our camping programs offer these children an opportunity to participate in activities like arts and crafts, swimming, horseback riding, team building, and more with the goal of allowing them to simply let loose, have fun, and BE KIDS. For children ages 7-15. Free of charge.

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